[Friday Recipe: baked courgette fries with blue cheese dip]

my original idea: cucumber & dill salad

As is becoming my habit, I turned to Pinterest for recipe inspiration and found a delicious-looking cucumber and dill salad. When I visited the supermarket however, there was not a cucumber in sight! I picked up a courgette, willing it to change into the fruit I had come to find, and as I stared at it I suddenly remembered the delicious courgette fries I’d eaten at Byron with my favourite blue cheese burger and I had a lightbulb moment: baked courgette fries with blue cheese dipping sauce.

baked courgette fries with blue cheese sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 courgettes; washed & ends trimmed
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 pack plain breadcrumbs
  • freshly ground salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche
fresh courgettes

Method:

Preheat oven to 220°C. Cut the courgettes into chip-sized batons. Put a handful of courgette into a resealable plastic bag with a tablespoon of the flour; seal the bag and shake to cover all the courgette pieces. Put the floured courgette aside and repeat until all of the batons are coated.

courgette batons

Using a fork, dip the batons one by one in the egg, then drop them into a bowl of breadcrumbs mixed with salt, pepper & paprika. Ensure they are coated and place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.

courgette fries
blue cheese sauce

Place in the oven for 7 minutes, then turn the fries and bake for another 7 minutes. Meanwhile, place the blue cheese and crème fraîche in a small saucepan on medium heat and stir until melted. Place in a bowl to cool and put the bowl on a plate. Once the fries are golden, remove from the oven and place them on the plate around the bowl to serve.

About Elle Croft

Stylish traveller, food fanatic, coffee addict and francophile. Blogger at [a bird in the hand]. I believe it's possible to travel without having to look like a backpacker...
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